On December 14th, our Winnipeg Chapter put on a fun-filled holiday party for the campers from our Max Out Summer! day camp. 35 volunteers served up pancakes and some heart- warming fun to 33 youth and their families to help max out the holidays!
Throughout the morning, the kids and their families enjoyed face-painting, getting their pictures taken in a snowman themed photo booth, creating reindeer gift bags and gifts for family members, as well as participating in a slew of holiday themed activities. The day ended with a door prize draw for board games packs, movie and Manitoba Moose tickets, as well as some nice Winnipeg Jets swag. The spirit of the season could also be seen as one of the young participants decided to donate his door prize back so that someone else could win and enjoy the gift.
It was wonderful to reconnect and continue to build on friendships that began with these kids in our Max Out Summer! day camp. Most of these kids have attended our free summer day camp for children involved with Winnipeg Child & Family Services for the past 2 summers. The day camp is part of our Winnipeg HOPE Volunteer Corps with the goal of teaching and mentoring youth in care to build life skills and friendships while having simple, good old fun. Volunteers, young and old, were inspired that many participants remembered their time at the day camp and the special connections they had made with volunteers they had met. It brought joy to see the hearts of the children be encouraged and excited.
Winnipeg volunteers look forward to continuing to build these relationships with more opportunities to meet up throughout the year. We would like to extend a huge thank you to True North Sports and Entertainment, Giant Tiger Store #446, Safeway Inc. and our many volunteers for helping to make this event so special for everyone.